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Associates, patients walk Cancer Institute halls for blood cancer awareness

The Mid-America chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society chose Ascension Via Christi St. Francis’ 7th-floor Cancer Institute as the site of a first-time event for patients and caregivers who may not be able to attend its upcoming Wichita “Light the Night” event.

The purpose of both events is to bring together patients, family members, survivors, associates and supporters to “shed a light on the darkness of cancer.”

Paul Wagle, Ascension Via Christi’s director of Mission Formation and leukemia survivor, was among the participants. “I pray that today gives you hope that God never abandons us, even when we do not notice Him by our side, God is there accompanying us,” Wagle told the dozens of attendees carrying lanterns emitting a red, yellow or white light in the dimmed halls, indicating that they were either a survivor, caregiver or walking in memory of someone whose life had been claimed by cancer. “He is there supporting not just us patients, but the caregivers, and families who continually pour themselves out for us each day,” says Wagle. 

Thank you to LLS for hosting this moving and memorable event!
This year’s Wichita “Light the Night” starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Exploration Place. To learn more, go to or contact Shelly Montgomery at or call 316-266-4050.

About Taylor Valdez

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